Duchamp and the Conceptual Arts

Brandon Edwards, Reeva Bourdic and Emily Hanson, 5th Hour

The idea of conceptual art is that it focuses on ideas and meanings, and not so much on forms and materials. A quote that I found in an article talks about conceptual art. “Because the fact remains that Conceptual artists successfully redefine the concept of art to the extent that their efforts are widely accepted as art by collectors, gallerists, and museum curators” ( Wolf 1) This quote states that Conceptual artists like to have their works be accepted by the audience and the people who display their art. Duchamp had a very big influence on Conceptual artists because of the ready-mades that some people claim are “art”. The most famous readymade that Duchamp made was the fountain. The reason that conceptual artists liked that piece of “art” was because the fountain was unique and creative, it gave artists like Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol’s a lot of motivation for his type of art.

Duchamp is considered the god father of conceptual art because he was one of the first main people to bring it to life. People were scared to bring out something new in this time period but Duchamps decided otherwise. In order to get the art he created some of the artwork from Vince Van Gough helped him and influenced him. Some others that were also part of the conceptual art movement were Billy Apple, Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Vanessa Beercroft, and Joseph Beuys. Those were just a few of the ones who helped the art movement happened.

Conceptual art says that art is concepts and ideas take higher concern over the traditional types of art and material concerns. Some forms are temporary, like a cage of live birds. Conceptual art comes from the DaDa movements; it attacks the sacredness and permanence of the artwork itself. The idea is, essentially, more important than the actual piece.
“When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.”

Sol LeWitt

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This is a picture by Joseph Beuys, titled Coyote

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This is one of Duchamps pieces
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Daniel Buren (artist of the above piece, Intervetion 1) used a lot of abstract and lines in his piece.